The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide (Paperback)

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The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide (Paperback)


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A comprehensive and important guide to the individual churches, catacombs, embellishments and artifacts of Early Christian Rome, this book covers a period from the first-century visits of the Apostles Peter and Paul to the end of the ninth-century Carolingian Renaissance. It describes precisely where the extant Early Christian features are situated and provides vital details on what can be seen. The accurate ground plan of each site studied enables the reader to locate features with ease and to appreciate the contrasting proportions and architectural development of each church.
Product Details ISBN: 9781902210582
ISBN-10: 1902210581
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication Date: August 12th, 2022
Pages: 324
Language: English

“The excellent plans of each church and complex and occasional sections and elevations should be singled out for praise, always to the same scale and thus facilitating comparison . . . an invaluable research tool for the study of early Christian archaeology . . . contains a wealth of information not elsewhere available in such an accessible form.”  —Church Archaeology

“In the best tradition of well-researched archaeological guides, this volume offers a brief history, a diagram, and description of all the early Christian churches and catacombs as well as suggested itineraries. . . . Recommended not only for the traveler but also for libraries as a good entrée into the early Christian archaeology of Rome.”  —Religious Studies Review

“An admirably informative and practical guidebook.”  —Church Times

“Brings together an immense body of learning.”  —Catholic Herald

“A very welcome addition to the literature.”  —Amanda Claridge, author, Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide

“With clear, no-nonsense descriptions, useful plans, and a range of other valuable information, the author makes it possible for the interested traveler to tour the city’s churches and find an intimate peace alongside serene beauty. In so doing, Webb has written a book for the modern traveler to rival the medieval guides that pilgrims from all over Europe took on their journey of a lifetime.”  —Richard Hodges, professor, school of world art, University of East Anglia